Spring Beauty Edit

Spring is one of my favorite seasons, it is the transition from a cold bitter winter to a warm and youthful summer. I find myself navigating towards a lighter, simpler and more refreshing beauty regime, to be honest I think this is as simple as it gets for quite a while. After I gave birth to my daughter I caught myself not even applying any makeup for weeks on end. That quickly came to a stop once I looked in the mirror and wasn’t happy with how I looked. Don’t get me wrong, natural beauty is the best beauty, but a little bit of makeup goes a long way.  These products are simple, easy to use and really take no time, espacailly with two little ones who are not the most patient.

1) First things first moisturizing my face is a must, I am in love with the Origin GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. For the winter I was using my Fresh face cream, was perfect for the brutal winter, but for the spring/summer season I naturally gravitate towards my GinZing Moisturizer. I am die hard fan of this cream, my first purchase was about 3 years ago and since then I repurchased 3 more of them. I tend to switch up moisturizers from time to time, really depends on my skin.

2) A simple face wash is as far as I go to get ready in the morning, on the days that I have a little bit more time I apply concealer and some mascara. I recently rediscovered  Maybelline Age Rewind  Concealer. The best part is that it already has a sponge type of applicator at the tip which means less products for me to use. Unfortunately they don’t have wide range of colors, so if you lean towards the medium/dark skin tone, this might not be the product for you.

3) The F23 Sigma Soft Angled Contour Brush is my favorite brush at the moment,his might be my favorite brush, it’s easy to use and multi-functional.  I use this for contouring, bronzing up my face, after that a hint of blush. then brush of the excess product on a paper towel and go on my cheek bones with highlighter. There are no rules when it comes to makeup brushes, you can use any brush for whatever application.

4) Most of the winter just called for some lip balm and a lip scrub. I particularly love this Dior Rouge Lipstick , there lipsticks make my lips feel so refreshed and hydrated, it glide’s on quite smoothly. A lot goes into finding a favorite lipstick such as color, texture, finish and longevity. They feel instantly comforting without being thick or heavy. While they do feel moist they don’t feel like they will slide off the lips.. The best part is that I can double up this lipstick as a blush, just a few dabs on my cheeks, blend away and I have a natural flush.

5) I have a love/hate relationship with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.  When I originaly purchased it I wasn’t to pleased with it, so I put it aside. Over time I dropped it and very quickly it had broken and I put it back together with some is0propyl alcohol , mixed up the shades and loved the result. Now I just apply it on my lids, brow bone and high points on my cheeks, this is perfect for easy application, the warm tones definitely set a spring tone.

6) Last but not least, I love perfume. Anything that has a sweet and fresh scent I quickly become obessed with. I got Miss Dior  Blooming Bouquet Perfume for my 24th birthday (thanks mom!) and save the amazing scent for spring, rose, lily, like afresh bouquet. Even the packaging reminds me of spring.

Easy, quick and refreshing, what are your spring essential’s?


Valentines Day Glitter Glam Tutorial

Valentines Day is coming up in a couple of days and what better way to enjoy the day with a glam look?
As shown in the photo’s there are 12 steps, in each step I let you know what products and brushes I used to recreate this look. Caution I do go into detail, explaining every step; whether you’re recreating this look or just trying to learn how to figure out which brushes are best for what. I want to provide you my most with this blogpost.
1.    Firsts things first, always prime the eyes if you want the eyeshadow to stand out. I started off by priming my eyes with MACs Paint Pot in “Soft Ocher”. you need to have a clean canvas whenever using bright colors. 
2.    For my transition shade I used MAC Blush in “Melba”— yes, you can use a blush as an eyeshadow!  You can use bronzer, highlighter, contour, all of them as an eyeshadow, you can mix and play around with makeup.
3.    Next, I applied the shadow “Gossip” from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. This shadow is a bright coral/pink shade with a small shimmer specs. I applied this shadow all over my lid with a flat shader brush from sigma beauty.
4.    Using an Angled shading eye brush from Luxie Beauty and swiped the color outwards, to create a more feline look. The reason why I like to use an angled brush is because of the angle of the bristle helps with the contour of the crease.
5.    To intensify the shade “Gossip” I used a bright red blush by Mac called “Apple”. Using a clean fluffy brush with no eyeshadow on it I gentley blending it into the outer corner.
6.    Taking my E20 Short Shader Brush from Sigma Beauty and smudging out the same shadow/blush underneath my eyes. Gently pressing it against my lower lash line. I stopped towards the center, I didn’t want to go to close to my inner corner, I left that out for the highlight. Also, I didn’t smoke it out because red isn’t the most flattering shade and can make my eyes appear as if I haven’t slept for the past couple of days.  The key to this step is to go with a light hand and not to blend it out.
7.    Then taking any black shadow, I used “Carbon” by MAC, then taking a Flat definer E15 brushby Sigma Beauty, lining my upper lash and lower lash. Mostly on the center and outer edges and taking it outwards to create a cat eye and on the bottom connecting it to the top on the out.
8.    Taking a clean, E25 Blending brushby Sigma Beauty, slightly dabbing it into the carbon shadow and sweeping it across my crease. I focus more on the outer corner and barely touching the skin when I reach my inner corner. When blending out a black eyeshadow it can get tough, even with a transition shade already there, the best way to use any black or dark eyeshadow is little to nothing, then slowly build up. I took the slightest bit and added it to my crease… a lot of blending was done to perfect this look, really a lot!
9.    Are you ready for the glitter awesomeness? I took my Too Faced Glitter Glue, applying it on the center and going inwards to my tear duct and then applied MACs Gold Glitter from the holiday collection. I really applied a generous amount, make sure to wipe off any fallout because you don’t want glitter everywhere.
10.Now for the fun part, I drew a thin 1” line on the center of my crease. Using my 710 Eye Liner brush by Bdelluim Tools , (best liner for eyeliners!) drawing on a wing liner. Using the Inglot Gel Liner 77 to the crease and drawing out a wing liner and lining the bottom lash line.
11.Now for some highlight action, I applied MACs “Nylon” to my brow bone and inner corner. I love this eyeshadow, really gives a beautiful glow. Then I added a cream/white eyeliner by L.A Girl.
12.Last but not least the Lashes, I wanted to keep the lashes a little bit simpler, so I added Red Cherry False Lashes. They are long and thinner then ones I am used. Then applying a generous coat of mascara too marry the false and real lashes together, then applying it on my bottom lashes.
And there you go, my Valentines Day Glam Glitter Eye look. I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know what your makeup plans for valentine’s day will be! Will you go glam, simple, smokey eye? The possibilities are endless.



How long lasting are the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick??

One thing worst then buying crap makeup is wasting money on crap makeup, I know we have all been there one time or another. Well waste no more because these I have found a great and affordable Liquid Lip; my struggle to find a greataffordable matte lipstick is finally over! I have purchased so many and just gave up at this point. The reason why I picked up the Maybelline Superstay Ink Liquid Lipstick was I swatched a couple of lipsticks on my hand and didn’t think much of it. The next day I noticed I still had the lipstick stains on my hand. I knew I had to buy at least one and try it out on my lips, even though these liquid lips came out last year & there are probably a ton of blogs out there talking about this product, I wanted to test it out for myself… Now you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with drugstore matte liquid lipsticks? Well if you must know, the formulas tend to be more on the drier side, causing my lips to feel dried out and the lipstick cracks away which is disgusting, who wants their lips to crack and crumble away?
First Impressions: The packing is sleek and easy to use, it doesn’t splatter when you open the tube, which has happened with some liquid lipsticks that I have had. The applicator makes it super easy to work with. The point of the applicator is precise, making it easier to line the lips without messing up. The Liquid Lipstick is glossy in the beginning, after 3 minutes it dries down and becomes matte. It glides on smoothly; the color is opaque and saturated and is no patchy. In the beginning it appears to be wet and shiny, then It dries down matte, more of a velvety matte per se. When pressing the lips together it doesn’t have a sticky or tacky feeling. But, I must caution   you, it will transfer on your teeth within the first few minutes, so double check you teeth.
Now time for the real question, how long do they last on the lips?
Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Lipstick claims a 16-hour wear, with which I disagree with. In my experience, it lasted a good 4 hours without any fading or wearing off. After the 4thhour it started to fade away and gather in small clumps. It wasn’t terrible but manageable.
I applied the Super Stay Liquid Lipstick at 11:00am and wore it though out the day without any touch-ups. That meant eating, drinking, kissing my babies etc.. And the results? Well you can see in the photo below for yourself.


The second photo was taken at 8:00 pm after I gave my kids a bath, (which is more like a tsunami) and the lipstick didn’t run, safe to say it’s waterproof too. It did leave a stain after it faded away from my top lip. On the bottom lip I applied two coats (which you shouldn’t do, the more layers you add the heavier it will be).
Overall Verdict: This is an amazing Liquid Lipstick but isn’t “16 hour wear”, I would say this is 4 hour wear without fading or wearing off. It does start to crumble if you layer on the liquid lip, so watch out one swipe is more then enough. It does leaves a stain on the lips which I like because even when it does fade away the color still remains on the lips. I am going to definitely purchase more shades, ruler and dreamer look like they will be on my to-buy list soon!
They currently have 20 shades available, you can probably find them at your nearest drugstore but if not, Amazon has the full collection for $7.99. In my local drugstore you can’t find all 20 shades, which is a bummer because I love to see different options. They did recently add a couple of new nude shades and I can’t wait to try them out!


1.    Ruler
2.    Voyager
3.    Believer
4.    Escapist
5.    Protector
6.    Amazonian
7.    Creator
8.    Romantic
9.    Heroine
11. Driver
13. Poet
17. Lover

20. Huntress

Let me know what your favorite and most hated drugstore liquid lipstick is!

Beauty Must Have Updates for 2018


2018 is all about new resolution, new life goals and new makeup. But there are a couple of makeup products I can’t say bye to just yet, because they are so amazing.  Keep on coming back to them, I probably have more but these are the ice breakers.
1.    Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick–  I haven’t mention this product enough in 2017. I love how this product blends into the skin so effortlessly and there are tons of shades to choose from. From light to dark, cool tone and warm tones. The options are endless. I love this product even more because its on a stick form, I hate having to scoop out extra from the bottom of the tube from different foundations. You can’t go wrong with a stick foundation (unless it’s dry). This is a creamy foundation, glides on the skin like butter and blends effortlessly..
2.    Hermes Eau Des Merveilles Perfume– A classic staple in my perfume collection. I got this as a wedding gift about 5 years ago and have used this perfume frugally. I wanted to savor every time I spray it on me; the best way I can describe this scent is woody, sweet and sensual. The time has come to restock.
3.    Fresh Soy Face Cleanser– At first glance I didn’t think this product was worth $40. The sales lady at Sephora explained the benefits of this product, well thank you because this was one of my favorite cleanser for 2017. I have sensitive skin, I take care of my skin diligently because I know if I don’t it will be dry and not so good. I make an extra effort to keep it dewy and hydrated, from the moment I wake up till I go to bed, when remove my makeup I use this all the time. I have used so many drugstore cleanser, they did an okay job. But this really helps me feel like I have a personal spa at home. I just apply this on a cotton pad and wet it a little but then start to gently massage it into my skin and then wash off. My skin feel feels rejuvenated, soft, radiant and it doesn’t dry out my skin. Which is key to a good facial cleanser, if it dries out your skin then don’t use it.
4.    Inglot AMC Gel Eye Liner- The time has come where I won’t shut up about this gel liner. I have been using this for about two years I wont go back to any gel liner. I went through 4 of these between me and my makeup clients I like to keep a separate gel liner for me.  The colors are rich, long lasting and smudge proof and crease proof! How awesome is that, I have clients that have oily lids, and when they used to open their eyes the gel liners would smudge and transfer to the crease. Until this bad boy came along, I don’t have this problem any more.
5.    Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray- Before I mention anything else I must mention the amazing scent! A sweet mix between coconut and vanilla delicious right? I use this to prime my face, in middle of my makeup routine to freshen things up and afterwards to set. This setting spray helps keep my skin hydrated and makeup lasting throughout the day. Even when I am not wearing makeup I still use this on my face.
6.    Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- This Concealer conceals perfectly, its light weight and provides great coverage, sound like an oxy moron I know, but it’s the truth. They have a ton of shades to choose from, I like to mix Light and Medium Light to create dimension on my face.
7.    Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow– This product can either be a hit or miss, at first when I applied this product I was expecting a filter type of effect, something that will blur my lines and pores and give a smooth finish. Well it did do all of that and more, like give me a nice tan. A tan that maybe I am not used to because I am very pale. So this was a miss for me, but I couldn’t let $40 worth of a product go to waste. I played around until I learned the greatness behind this product. It gives me a glow, a natural hidden glow, if that makes sense. Even my foundation has this golden bronze look, not too bronzed but just enough to sneak away a little of a fake tan. Letting this product sit on the skin for a little is the trick, let it seep into the skin and the magic starts.
8.    Dior Rouge Lipstick- A classic and timeless lipstick, these are the only ones I didn’t depot in my vueset palette because I have one in my bag at all times, my shade just matches me perfect. They moisturize my lips, have a creamy consistency.
9.    Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer- I really should’ve mention this on the blog sooner but I haven’t. This is my favorite drugstore bronzer, it doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter; I hate that. It smells like coconut (Yes, I am obsessed with coconuts!) soft to the touch and buttery like consistency. You know when you’ve had a product that you have to really dig your brush into aggressively? Well this is not the type, just one swoop will get you enough product for a light bronze.
10. Bobbi Brown Corrector – You might’ve seen mention this product over and over again, I think its time for something new but what can I say I am a sucker for this corrector. It just works, if you want to see the full blogpost post click here.


11. Origin Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer- I can’t stop talking about this product, from family to clients it has become my all-time favorite. Don’t get me wrong I have tried out other moisturizers from the high end the more affordable ones such as Lancome, Clinque, Fresh, Loreal, Olay. I always find myself coming back to the Origins Ginzing Moisturizer is the one I always prefer over all of them. It has a gel like consistency, once applied to the face it feels amazing and has an criticus smell to it. I usually apply this in morning and wait about 30 minutes before applying an makeup on.

There is much more to the list but I wanted to shine light on these particular ones.

What are your absolute favorite beauty products?

Step by Step Golden Smokey Eye Using Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette


It has almost been 9 years since Too Faced has come out with the original Natural Eyes Palette. Where has the time gone, I can still remember walking into Macys Herlad Square and eyeing this palette, the soft tones and shimmers was something I needed in my soon to be makeup collection. Luckily fast forward 9 years later I still have it! This was one of my very first makeup palettes, the excitement I had was something I would never forget. I bought it first for my sister as a new year’s gift, once I saw how much she loved it and didn’t let me use it, (ironically) I went out and bought myself the same one. The colors are rich and highly pigmented and go a long way. With our without primer the shadows are outstanding. They do have a matte sister version of palette.
Too Face has changed around this palette, staying true to the “Natural eyes” theme majority of the shadows stayed the same. The major change on this palette was the packaging. Before it was cardboard with no mirror, now it is metal with a small mirror. Second change were the shadows, not too many of them, thankfully.
Only three shadows where changed around, first shade is “Velvet Revolver” was a cool toned matte shade and they changed it to a warmer tone still matte. Second is the “Nude Beach” to just Nude. Nude Beach was a glitter shadow, chunky glitter to be exact. I disliked that shade the most, barely touching it, even with glitter glue. I am glad they changed that shade to a matte “nude” transitional shade. The third shadow was “Coco Puff” it is now “Chocolate Martini” I can’t really tell the difference, just that the chocolate martini is darker. That might be because of the lighting of the photo. This palette retails for $36 at sephora, ulta and Macys.

  1.   1.   First things first, I always  started off by priming my eyes with the MAC paint pot in soft ocher. After I have applied my base I went in with Velvet Revolver which is now Cashmere bunny. Gently applying it in to my crease, this will be my transitional shade.
    2.   For the lid I took a flat brush and drenched it Mac’s Prep + Prime Fix Plus spray. I love fix spray its versatile. What does applying fix spray to my brush do to the shadow? It intensifies and creates a richer vibrancy to the shadow. Do not fear if you don’t own a fix spray, you can simply wet your brush, wet it lightly with some water, remove the excess water before applying shadow to the brush.
    After applying Fix spray to my brush I picked up Honey Pot and applied it all over my lid.
    3.   Then I took a flat oval brush and applied Cocoa puff (which is now Chocolate Martini) on the outer corners, I used a tapping motion instead of swiping to build up color. Always start off with a lighter hand because its easier to create depth that way, as apposed to applying a darker color rapidly and then struggling to blend it out.
    4.   To create a greater dimension, I applied Erotica on top of Cocoa Puff. Then taking whatever is left on the brush I smudged it out underneath my eyes to create a smoky hazy vibe.
    5.   Then going back to coco puff I took an angled or flat fluffy brush and gently swooped over my crease to create a warmer tone in my crease. The key to creating a flawless gradient effect is to go in with a light hand and build up your colors. Second Key is to blend, blend and blend.
    6.   I wanted a more intensity underneath my eyes so I went in with a flat shader brush by Sigma and applied more Erotica. Then with a clean fluffy brush smoking it out.
    7.   I didn’t forget about the highlight, Silk Teddy is a stunning rose toned highlighter shade which applied effortlessly. (You can use this as a cheek bone highlight and everything in between) I used it for my brow bone and inner eye highlight. Also applying brown eyeliner in Mac’s “coffee” on my water line.
    8.   You can see it all being pilled together now and I added my favorite lashes, by Kiss in “midnight”. You can opt out lashes but I love a dramatic eye. I still felt as if something wasn’t right so for
    9.   the last step I went over the lash line with a little bit of inglot gel liner to darker up the lash line.
I hope you guy found this easy to follow and remember to achieve a flawless smokey you just blend until it hurts!

Dramatic NYE Makeup!

 Who is ready for a dramatic eye look this year? Whether its experimenting with brighter eye shadows or even adding a new product to your makeup routine, 2018 is about setting new goals and new ambitions. Lets start off the New Year right by being dramatic with your style and fashion statements!
1)   When I know I will be creating a darker more dramatic eye look, I started off with a bold brow (Filling it in with Anastasia Bh Brow Pomade) and a blank canvas for my eyes. I apply concealer around my eyes, and set it with a setting powder to prevent my eyelids from creasing. I used my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
2)   Then with my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush I applied Mac Single Shadow in Saddle. Going in with a heavier hand on the outer crease and a lighter on the inner. The reason why I applied more eyeshadow on the outer corner then the inner is simply because that’s where I focus most of my blending on later.
3)    Then I applied a Makeup Forever Single Eyeshadow in the shade …. and only applying it on the center of the lid and going outwards to the crease. I didn’t bring it into the creaser to much, because I don’t want this blue color covering my whole eye.
4)    Then I went in with a fluffy brush and start blending outwards to create a more feline look. This took time, so don’t rush, blending takes time and effort, if you must, keep on blending repeatedly till you create the desired shape. On the next I used a small strip of scotch tape to help with the black shadow, but you can use this step before hand.
5)   As you see, there is a piece of tape on the edge of my eye, why? This will simply help with creating a sharp edge without fussing with makeup removers or etc. I should’ve done this in the beginning but, it’s okay better late then never right? Then I start to add a black eyeshadow, I used the eyeshadow from the Urban Decay 2 Naked Palette Palette, the shade is Blackout. Adding this black shadow will really give that extra dimension.
6)   Once I have taken off the tape, you can see that crisp sharp line. I continued to blend out the black and blue together until It’s a soft finish, on the outer edge.
7)   Now time for the most exciting part, to cut the crease!  Now if you are not familiar with all together, cutting the crease means to create a separation between the crease and the lid. I used to struggle with this a lot, even as a makeup artist, this was hard to achieve. Until I learnt this nifty trick. I go in with a soft cream color primer or concealer. For this tutorial I went in with MAC Painterly Pot in Soft Ocher and applied it on the inner to center of the lid. Taking it above my crease to emphasize the crease even more. Don’t feel overwhelmed if you don’t have a paint pot, you can try it with a concealer or even foundation, just use something that is the same tone or lighter as your skin. Taking this on the lid and right underneath the shadow when I start to hit the center, so there is a separation between crease and lid.
8)   Then I applied a Silver eyeshadow from Buxomin Pure Platinum. I applied this directly over the paint pot, then softly blending it out. I focus more on the center of the lid to have a gradient effect between the blue and silver shadow.
9)   Then I applied the famous Stila Liquid Glitter Shadow, in Diamond Dust over the lid. I am disappointed in the camera because It didn’t pick up the amazing quality and sparkle of the glitter. But its stunning, believe me when I say it!
10) Then I went in with the Inglot Gel Liner in 77, lining my Lid and water line, this really dramatized the whole look. If you want you can skip this part and just go straight to lashes, but I didn’t and love this part. This was a little bit hard to get over the glitter, so it took a good 5 minutes to go over the glitter. & I applied the MAC Loose shadow on my brow bone and inner eye corner in the Shade Vanilla (Soft Ivory)
11)    Then I applied my Kiss Lashes in Gala, they are dramatic and fluffy, what more do I need from a lash? On a side note, how beautiful does the eye lid looks with all those colors blending in together. Make sure you add mascara after you add the lashes so the fake and real lashes blend in.
12)    Last step is taking the Blue eye shadow and adding it along the lower lash line and gently smoking it out. You can even take a different color to make it more colorful and vibrant.


Here is my dramatic eye look for New Years Eve. I hope you everyone has a blessed and amazing 2018 and let me know how do you plan on spending your new years this year?